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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
■ Kevin Gemmell says Ifo Ekpre-Olomu has a lockdown mindset.

Last year, there were plenty of opportunities for Ekpre-Olomu to make mistakes. But he rarely did. Instead, he emerged as one of the premier defensive backs in the league, earning first-team all-conference honors along the way. Twice he picked off Arizona quarterback Matt Scott in the Ducks 49-0 win over the Wildcats, returning one 54 yards for a score. That was his "hello-world" game. He finished 2012 with four interceptions and a league-high 20 passes defended. 

■ Ted Miller believes the Pac-12 owns the dual-threat back and De'Anthony Thomas makes his short list.

Thomas will be interesting to watch next fall. His 2012 numbers were good but not spectacular. At least they fell short of stratospheric expectations that were inspired by an often breathtaking true freshman season. If, however, he proves durable enough to provide 20 carries per game while still getting plenty of use as a receiver next fall, he could become a top Heisman Trophy candidate. His golden numbers there probably start at 2,000 yards from scrimmage and 20-plus TDs.

Mark Flores has the latest if recruiting new.

Oregon brought out the big bats yesterday as they beat Portland 11-7.

Tyler Baumgartner hit a three-run home run, the first of his career, to right field to break a 3-3 tie and put Oregon (30-10) in front for good. Shaun Chase added a solo homer to left field three pitches later to put the Ducks on top 7-3.

■ Stetzon Bair, Brandon's little brother, is learning multiple positions on the defense after red-shirting last year. He figures his time is coming.

"I'd love to jump in there and say I'm going to be right in the starting line, but I've got a lot of work," he said. "I'm going to push my hardest to be up there. We'll see what happens when that time comes."



DDubbs76 said...

DAT's never shown us that he's injury-prone, which is curious, because he is small. In order to get hurt, you have to get hit.

Mike Wines said...

Good point but even he gets hit (Civil War last year) it doesn't seem to phase him...tough kid...